Name / Title


Case Study Region

BMW, West of Ireland – Roscommon

Geographical coverage



Government; programme management; funding scheme; advice service; project


Main activity / focus


Assists communities and local agencies to undertake programmes that promote social inclusion and equality. Delivers a range of programmes (20 in total) on behalf of government. Those of most direct relevance to rural areas include: CLAR*, Rural Transport Scheme, Rural Social Scheme, Local and Community Development Programme; TUS Programme (new)

(*being discontinued) 

Target beneficiaries / market

Local communities and organisations.

Year established

1992 (then known as Area Development Management; changed its name to Pobal in 2005).

Current Funding source(s)

National Exchequer (including EU sources).


Local groups and organisations availing of the programmes and supports that fall under Pobal’s management remit. This could include local development agencies, local authorities, and grassroots initiatives.

Relevant government departments currently include: Department of Environment, Community and Local Government (CLAR; Local and Community Development Programme); Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Rural Transport Scheme); Department of Social Protection (Rural Social Scheme;TUS) RSS previously underCommunity, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs; (Local and Community Development Programme)






Pobal is an intermediary that works on behalf of Government to support communities and local agencies toward achieving social inclusion, reconciliation and equality. Pobal is a not-for-profit company with charitable status that manages programmes on behalf of the Irish Government and the EU.

Pobal supports partnership approaches to decision-making in order to engage communities in the development process at local level, and promotes co-ordination between communities, State agencies and other stakeholders. Pobal encourages the piloting of new initiatives and are committed to contributing to policy development through the lessons learnt from the programmes managed on behalf of the Government.

Established in 1992 as Area Development Management, ADM changed its name to Pobal in 2005. There are a total of sixteen members on the Board of Pobal. The Board is appointed by the Government of Ireland following consideration of proposals received from stakeholders of the Company and the National Social Partners.


Contact details


Galway Regional Office:
Millar Building
County Galway